Physicians should not be spending more time on administrivia than they are on patient care.
Medical television shows are some of the oldest around — especially soapy productions like E.R. and General Hospital. Whether it’s comedy (Scrubs) or drama (Grey’s Anatomy), we eat up medical shows in every way, shape, or form, and we mourn them when they’re tragically dropped from the broadcast schedule. Some of us grow up watching them and want to […]
For every hospital, biomedical research facility, and other setting where people may be working with live subjects or handling potential controversial procedures, there is supposed to be a bioethics committee, in some form or another. It may act as an institutional review board, determining whether research is appropriate, protects its subjects, and contributes something meaningful […]
I’ve been thinking about bioethics frequently lately. I mean, when am I not thinking about bioethics, really, but more than usual. Part of it is simply that as I grow older, I think more about what I want to happen to me when I die, and about what kinds of measures I want taken in the event […]
Medical advances in the United States have radically changed the way people interact with the medical system. The change from even fifty years ago has been stunning in terms of what patients can survive, what kinds of treatments are available, and how the system processes people with serious illnesses. And one of the areas in […]
People often express a naive and rather touching belief that people who really need assistance with health care costs in the United States can get it, despite ample evidence to the contrary. Sure, there are high profile cases in the media now and then covering people who clearly need health care and are not getting […]